The twelfth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be played from 30th May to 14th July 2019 and it is the fifth time that the tournament will be held in England and Wales. There will only be ten participants this time with West Indies and Afghanistan joining the top eight ranked ODI teams via the World Cup Qualifier that was held in March 2018. In addition to this, the 2019 World Cup will be the first one to not feature any Associate members. The format for the World Cup will be round-robin and knockouts, similar to the 1992 world cup.
Australia will begin their world cup campaign on 1st June 2019 when they will take on Afghanistan in the 4th match of the tournament at Bristol. Recently, Ricky Ponting was announced as the new assistant coach of Australia, with the batting superstar signing on to help out former teammate Justin Langer during the ODI tournament in England and Wales in May, June and July. Ricky Ponting knows exactly what it takes to triumph at a World Cup and the three-time winner has no doubt Australia can win this year’s one-day showpiece. Let us understand the team better.
About the team
The Australian cricket team is the most successful team in the tournament with already five title triumphs on their side. After defeating New Zealand in the final of previous World Cup at the MCG, they’re going to be the defending champions in this season of Cricket World Cup. Lately, the Australian cricket team hasn’t been at their best in the 50-over format – let’s not forget that they have lost their last four bilateral ODI series.
The Australian cricket team’s most recent ODI assignment was a five-game series in England and they ended up losing all five matches against the hosts. Aaron Finch will be the key figure in this Australian batting line-up. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and the new guy on the block Jason Behrendorff will make up a formidable pace attack. The star bowlers for the team comprise Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The Squad that was picked to represent Australia in the world cup are:
- Aaron Finch (Captain)
- David Warner
- Usman Khawaja
- Steven Smith
- Shaun Marsh
- Glen Maxwell
- Marcus Stoinis
- Jhye Richardson
- Alex Carey (Wicket Keeper)
- Pat Cummins
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- Mitchell Starc
- Jason Behrendorff
- Adam Zampa
- Nathan Lyon
The Australian Cricket Team has always been famous for its outstanding bowlers throughout their cricketing history. They had a spin wizard like Shane Warne and fast bowlers like Glenn Mcgrath, Starc Hazlewood, and Cummins is one of the deadly quick playing trios of the world. They have Stoinis and Jhye Richardson who can bowl some critical overs out. They can literally blow the opposition batsman with their quality pace. If the conditions compliment their bowling style, they might prove to be extremely dangerous for the opposition. While their spin department is not too strong, bowlers like Adam Zampa or Nathan Lyon might step up in the day when it is required the most.
The good news is that the controversial David Warner and Steven Smith would have finished serving their bans from international cricket and the duo along with Aaron Finch will be the key figures in this Australian batting line-up. Interestingly, the return of Steve Smith and David Warner can propel Australia to World Cup glory, according to Ricky Ponting.
What to worry about?
For those who have followed Australian cricket closely in the last year can clearly understand the only problem that exists for the Australian Cricket team is lack of confidence. World Champions are currently placed 6th in the ICC ODI rankings, which is their lowest in 34 years. The Aussies have finished runners-up on two occasions – in 1975 and 1996 when they lost to the West Indies and Sri Lanka in the respective finals. Lately, they have not been at their best in the 50-over format and have lost their last four bilateral ODI series. Their most recent ODI assignment was a five-game series in England and they ended up losing all five matches against the hosts.
Another concern for the team is fitness. If Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins can stay injury free in the lead up to the competition, this 2019 Cricket World Cup should witness a fearsome attack. Further, their weakness lies in weak batting and inconsistent performance. In fact, they should really work hard to settle their batting line-up.
*Australia Betting Odds: 6.50
World Cup 2019 Prediction: Semi-Finalist
Let us not forget that they are the only team to win this coveted title for a record five times, and when it comes to the World Cup, keep an eye on this team, they’re an all too serious competitor to successfully defend their title.
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